Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology- the study of death, judgement and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime. When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach near her home, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together they go in search of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key, not just to the murder, but to something much darker. Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell. ‘Reprobation’ weaves together questions of religion, genetics and destiny into a gothic thriller which introduces an exciting new detective hero. This is the first in a series of books that will take the city of Liverpool on a terrifying supernatural journey.